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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

DPPL 5: For Clergy and Religious Heads

We hear who the intended readers are for the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). It’s a hierarchical thing: first bishops, then clergy, then heads of religious communities: 5. The operative proposals of this Directory, which are intended solely … Continue reading

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EG 262: A Renewed Missionary Impulse

Pope Francis,  giving “Reasons for a Renewed Missionary Impulse” in Evangelii Gaudium, suggests a believer pray and work. He begins by making a very audacious statement: 262. Spirit-filled evangelizers are evangelizers who pray and work. Mystical notions without a solid social … Continue reading

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DPPL 4: Nature and Structure of the Document

Let’s examine the “Nature and Structure” of the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL). 4. This Directory contains two parts. The first, entitled Emerging Trends, provides the elements necessary for the harmonization of Liturgy and popular piety. It draws … Continue reading

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EG 259-261: Spirit-Filled Evangelizers

Let’s begin the fifth chapter of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, and let’s take up the topic of “Spirit-filled evangelizers. 259. Spirit-filled evangelizers means evangelizers fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Spirit made the apostles … Continue reading

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Welcoming A New Pastor

Frequent commentator Jimmy Mac sends this video link of the welcome of their new pastors. The un-mic’ed one is Fr Jack McClure, once a colleague of mine at the student center a few years back and a fellow refugee from Kansas … Continue reading

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What About Beatitudes?

In the Friday round-up, David Gibson at RNS noted this image captured at a South Carolina McDonald’s. Which leaves some questions in my mind … Does remembering the Sabbath to keep it holy have any impact on how a fast … Continue reading

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EG 257-258: The Social Message is Inescapable

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks of the important relationship between Christians and those outside of religious faith who share convictions for various human endeavors: 257. As believers, we also feel close to those who do not consider themselves part of … Continue reading

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Interviewing Vatican Astronomers

America has a nice brief interview with two American Jesuits in Italy, at the Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo. Astronomer Guy Consolmagno is the recent recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal. Paul Mueller is the head of the Jesuit community … Continue reading

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DPPL 2-3: Councils, Popes, and Bishops on Liturgy and Popular Piety

Let’s finish up the introduction to the introduction of the curia’s Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (DPPL), looking at the relationship between liturgy (the Mass, the sacraments, and the Divine Office) and ritual expressions of piety among the laity. … Continue reading

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Simulating Rosetta

Space simulation online has come a long way in two decades. I remember the very primitive sites in the late 90′s–attempts to render the real solar system as well as imagined ones. Fun to play with. Michael Sadlon emailed me … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 55, From The Heavens

The conclusion of Isaiah 55 was recently a first reading for an ordinary Sunday. Like the other sections of this chapter, it has inspired much sacred music. Let’s read, then discuss, and perhaps offer a conclusion or two. For just as from … Continue reading

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Journalist Madeleine Baran has a devastating four-part series that finished posting at MPR today. It’s not pretty, and it paints the last three Twin Cities archbishops in a very unflattering–but deserved–light. I’m sure it makes Minnesota Catholics wonder about their … Continue reading

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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

It takes a few years for Hindi language films to get to the public library in Iowa. I’m not yet one of the 50 million Netflixers–still watching movies the old fashioned way: putting discs into optical scanning bays on a … Continue reading

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EG 256: Challenges To Religion

In our second of three posts to look at religious freedom in Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis criticizes those who wrongly assume all people of faith, even all people of the same faith, are alike. 256. When considering the effect of religion … Continue reading

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DPPL 1b: Contradictory Attitudes

Continuing on yesterday’s look at the first part of paragraph 1, here the CDWDS notes the upheaval after Vatican II. Following on the conciliar renewal, the situation with regard to Christian popular piety varies according to country and local traditions. … Continue reading

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